The Book of Revelation is the last book in the canon of the New Testament, and its only apocalyptic document, though there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the gospels and the epistles. Revelation brings together the worlds of heaven, earth and hell in a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Its characters and images are both real and symbolic, spiritual and material, and it is frequently difficult to know the difference which is which. Revelations cryptic nature has ensured that it would always be a source of controversy.
Nevertheless, it has not only endured, but captured the imagination of generations of Bible students, both professionals and laypeople alike.This first of two volumes on Revelation offers verse by verse interpretation of the book of Revelation.
It focuses on the theological content, gleaning the best from both the classical and modern commentary traditions and showing the doctrinal development of Scriptural truths. In so doing, it reconnects to the ecclesial tradition of biblical commentary as an effort in ressourcement, though not slavish repetition.